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Sharjah Biennial 12

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

The past, the present, the possible. The exhibition crossing the emirate to sites in and around the city as well as in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman. Over two-thirds of participating artists will present new works and commissions.

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Curated by: Eungie Joo

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates—Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announces the appointment of Eungie Joo as Curator of Sharjah Biennial 12 (SB12), opening in March 2015. Joo is Director of Art and Cultural Programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brasil, and previously served as Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

Jooʼs proposal for SB12 builds upon SAFʼs commitment to artistic production and the unique contribution of the annual March Meeting to organisational and artistic development in the region. For Joo, SB12 offers an opportunity to contemplate how artistsʼ positions help us consider new possibilities for social organisation and ways to transcend cultural and political confinement. Sustained engagement and new commissions will be central to SB12—discussion of which will begin during the March Meeting.

Sharjah Art Foundation President Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi comments, “We look forward to working with Eungie Joo on the realisation of her vision for the next Biennial. Reflecting a career focused on working closely with artists and communities, Jooʼs collaborative perspective will find resonance in Sharjah and enrich the experience of SB12.”

According to Joo, “Sharjah is a very special place that calls you back again and again. I am truly excited to work with Sheikha Hoor and the Sharjah Art Foundation to develop a meaningful conversation with artists, cultural practitioners, and Sharjah through both the March Meeting and the Biennial.

March Meeting 2014: Come Together – March 13-17, 2014: MM14 will address issues in contemporary culture, institutional formation and cultural production, such as how to develop education and research initiatives. In addition to presentations, MM14 will feature informal discussions to promote active participation among attendees. Speakers will include artists commissioned for SB12 who are in the earliest stages of research for their projects.

March Meeting 2014 Open Call – Correspondent Travel Grants (Deadline December 20, 2013): This yearʼs March Meeting Open Call offers travel grants to between five and eight artists, writers and curators with a focus on the region, who will attend the event and contribute essays, blog posts, or other responses. Proposal guidelines are available at

About Eungie Joo: Eungie Joo is Director of Art and Cultural Programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brasil, a position she has held since 2012. Previously, she was Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum, NY (2007-2012) where she commissioned the yearlong seminar Night School by Anton Vidokle; edited the volume Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (Routledge and New Museum, 2009); published the Art Spaces Directory (ArtAsiaPacific and New Museum, 2012), a guide to over 400 independent art spaces from over 96 countries; and was curator of the 2012 New Museum Triennial, The Ungovernables. Joo served as commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), where she presented Condensation: Haegue Yang. As founding Director and Curator of the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles (2003 - 2007), she commissioned projects by Mark Bradford, Sora Kim, Damián Ortega, Taro Shinoda, SUPERFLEX, Kara Walker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and others.

About Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF): Sharjah Art Foundation brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE, and the region. Since 2009, SAF has built on the history of cultural collaboration and exchange that began with the first Sharjah Biennial in 1993. Working with local and international partners, SAF creates opportunities for artists and artistic production through core initiatives that include the Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, residencies, production grants, commissions, exhibitions, research, publications, and a growing collection. SAFʼs education and public programmes focus on building recognition of the central role art can play in the life of a community by promoting public learning and a participatory approach to art.

Media Contacts:

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Opening: 5-7 March 2015

Sharjah Art Foundation
Arts Area, PO Box 19989, Sharjah
Opening times
Saturday - Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 4pm - 8pm

Light Show
dal 18/9/2015 al 4/12/2015

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